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Third Coast Old Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Third Coast Old AleThird Coast Old Ale

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2,047 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,047
Reviews: 970
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 209
Gots: 291 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
From Bell's website:
"Third Coast Old Ale is a cellerable American-style barleywine that has notes of dried fruit and caramel embedded in a rich malt background that will grow more complex over time."

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002)
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Carmack, Wednesday at 11:46 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark burgundy color. The head is a finger high, and mocha in shade. It's not only wonderfully creamy, but the retention isn't bad either (for the ABV, that is). In addition, a consistent ring of lacing is left on the glass. (4)

Smell: Holy crap, this smells incredibly sweet. The malt backbone...isn't a backbone, really, more like an exoskeleton of caramel, brown sugar, nuts, and even chocolate. However, the ester character is the real punch in the face: it's ridiculous how much cherry, fig, and raisin I'm also getting. Touches of leather and alcohol also come through. Sure, it smells great, but is it going to be too much? Or will it show a modicum of restraint? (4)

Taste: Yep, it's sweet. It isn't just sweet, actually - it's also spicy and a little boozy. It starts off with plenty of caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Eventually, it will evolve into dark fruit esters, then some spicier malt notes, and finally alcohol. A lot of alcohol. The booziness subsides a little bit after opening up...but only by a bit. It's just okay right now - there's some depth to be found, but not much balance. (3)

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy on the tongue, while it's dryish and warming going down. It doesn't quite burn the way its alcohol flavor would suggest. Carbonation is low, as well. A true example of a slow sipper. (3)

Overall: Right now, it's drinking pretty harshly. But you know what? A year of aging will fix that. Everything is here to be a great barleywine, it just needs less palpable alcohol presence. I'd buy it again...but only to age it a couple years. (3)

3.25/5: Trust me, age this one

ThisWangsChung, Wednesday at 10:30 PM
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Looks nice. Complex ruddy ochre color. Head just short of being smooth and bubbleless like latte top. Didn't seem exceptionally long-lasting. Deep chocolate and oak notes contribute to the palate before sipping. My tongue notes: beets, allspice, and tart cherries; Spicy tannins and noticeable wood elements. The spice and oak definitely give the sweet toffee, etc. elements a grounded earthiness. Could be cloying on a hot summer night, especially after beer has warmed a bit. Velvety, otherwise, with good carbonation.

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2/5  rDev -51.5%

Not for me.

Deep reddish brown, it's rusty, almost bloody. Good head that leaves beautiful lacing and sea foam like stickiness. it looks pretty.

Bitter and roasty to the point of reminding me of grilled chicken gone wrong. The alcohol is right up front, only subdued by the astringency of the brew. Boozy, to be sure. Warming on the way down, but harsh if you're not into that sort of thing (which I'm not).

Highly rated, so maybe I'm just not a fan of the style. I've not had many barleywines that I've enjoyed, so I'm not shocked, but disappointed nonetheless. This is the first barley wine that I've had that packed this kind of intense roasted character, though. While I'm not a fan, I can see how that might be a bonus if you're into it.

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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 2,047 ratings.